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Copyright reform bill to get review
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A ruling by U.S. regulators that allows Americans to break certain digital locks on content and devices may throw a wrench into the Canadian government's plan to reform copyright law. The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, issued a set of exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the U.S. law that in many instances makes it illegal to break digital locks put in place by copyright holders. More



Dow Corning and University of Toledo collaborate on solar research, development
Market Watch via The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The proposed collaboration between Dow Corning and University of Toledo, which could include the addition of other universities or businesses in the future, offers researchers from both organizations the opportunity to share data and technology while allowing both to protect their intellectual property. More

Did you hear the joke about the comedian and copyright law?
Ars Technica    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
That's the question asked by a forthcoming book chapter from the University of Chicago Press called "Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedy." Written by two professors from the University of Virginia School of Law, the chapter offers a case study in the axiom that more intellectual property rights aren't always better intellectual property rights. More

New website to streamline, expedite path to successful innovation
Indiana University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The website brings with it a user-friendly, one-stop shop designed to empower and connect inventors, entrepreneurs and investors. Developed specifically to network faculty, industry and the community with Indiana University's resources for successful discovery, licensing and commercialization &mdash that means from the starting blocks of tracking down initial research funding to the finish line where patents and profit-sharing await &mdash the new website takes a giant leap beyond the news of the day, upcoming events and supportive testimonials that are the foundation of many information sites. More



Scientists to test new eczema cream
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Skin experts are to test a new cream for the treatment of eczema after trials of an oral version of the drug reduced patients' symptoms by 35 percent within a month. University of Manchester researchers in the Dermatology Unit at Salford Royal Hospital in the United Kingdom, will ask 25 adult volunteers to apply the cream to affected areas of their skin for a period of three months. More

Patent office releases Interim Bilski Guidelines
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office published Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos. The Interim Bilski Guidance is effective July 27, and applies to all applications filed before, on or after the effective date. Most noteworthy is that the Patent Office is encouraging examiners to issue 101 rejection in only "extreme cases" and allow patentability to be decided by sections 102, 103 and 112. More

News outlets report on medical intellectual property developments, drug access issues
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Inter Press Service reports on a recent symposium on access to medicine, "jointly hosted by the World Trade Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization." The symposium looked at several issues that influence the cost of drugs, including intellectual property rights, the World Trade Organization agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the paragraph six mechanism, which enables least-developed countries "without the capacity to produce generic medicines to import such drugs from other countries where the drugs were produced under compulsory licensing," Inter Press Services writes. More

USPTO, EBay, Louis Vuitton, WWE, Blige, Foxconn: Intellectual property
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should get as much as $279 million to help the agency deal with a backlog of patent applications, President Barack Obama said in a request for supplemental funding from Congress. The patent office, which experienced a drop in fees last year because of the recession, is seeing a rebound in applications and wants to keep more of the money it collects. More
 

 
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